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Daily News Summary
30 April 2019

image Increase in mock exams due to GCSE reforms, report finds
image 'The time has come to dismantle a system that denies many a fair start'
image Letters: Allowing overseas students to work in the UK after graduating
image New recommendations launched to reframe sport for teenage girls
image Social mobility in the UK is 'virtually stagnant'
image No decision made about EU student fees
image A third of graduates in work are 'overeducated'
image Just over half of parents do not know their times tables

Increase in mock exams due to GCSE reforms, report finds

 

Research by Ofqual and Oxford University’s Centre for Educational Assessment has found GCSE reforms have led to an increase in mock exams. By Pippa Allen-Kinross, Schools Week.

Tes reports on new research commissioned by Ofqual, which has found teachers have “mixed views” on whether the reformed GCSEs are increasing pupil stress.

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Schools Week

'The time has come to dismantle a system that denies many a fair start'

 

Author Robert Verkaik writes in The Guardian disputing the claim that independent schools save the taxpayer billions of pounds a year.

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The Guardian

Letters: Allowing overseas students to work in the UK after graduating

 

Will Phelan, principal of Stamford Endowed Schools, writes in The Times supporting the proposal to allow overseas students to work in the UK for two years after graduation. He states British education is recognised as an important export and makes the point that independent schools have a part to play in a post-Brexit future.

Letter just below halfway.

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The Times

New recommendations launched to reframe sport for teenage girls

 

The Women in Sport charity is launching national recommendations to reframe sport for teenage girls. This follows recent studies that show a gender gap in activity levels and attitudes. By Jeremy Wilson, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Social mobility in the UK is 'virtually stagnant'

 

The Social Mobility Commission has published its State of the Nation report, which warns social mobility in the UK has remained 'virtually stagnant' since 2014. BBC News.

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BBC

No decision made about EU student fees

 

The Government has insisted it has not made a decision about whether to charge students from the EU more to study at English universities after Brexit. BBC News.

Sophie Jarvis, head of public affairs at the Adam Smith Institute, writes in The Times that if the charges are implemented, it "will hurt the economy and the Tories".

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BBC

A third of graduates in work are 'overeducated'

 

According to the Office for National Statistics, 31 per cent of graduates are overeducated for the job they are doing. BBC News.

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BBC

Just over half of parents do not know their times tables

 

A poll of more than 2,000 parents and guardians of school-age children has shown 52 per cent do not know their times tables perfectly. By Richard Vaughan, iNews.

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iNews

 

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